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Type:Lesson

Estimated Time:9 minutes

Grades:K-1

Score Type:Automatically Graded

Work completed by a student will be automatically graded and the grade will be sent to the Learning Management System (LMS) gradebook

Available Languages: English, Spanish


Vocabulary: arrow, backspace, curser, delete, down, enter, key, keyboard, keyboarding, left, letters, phonics, right, space, tab, up


Primary Objectives:

  • Student continues to use the Enter/Return key and Backspace/Delete key.
  • Student learns to add white space with the Tab key.
  • Student learns to identify and use the Tab key.
  • Student learns to identify and use the arrow keys to navigate.
  • Student learns to identify the cursor on the screen.

Secondary Objectives:

  • Student learns and practices using technology for real-world application.
  • Student practices recognizing letters by sight and sound.
  • Student forms and sounds out words.
  • Student learns to separate words with spaces.
  • Student practices directions such as up, down, left, and right.

Subjects:

Communication to Others 

Technology Education > Information Technology > Student Use > Communication to Others 

Input Devices: Mouse, Keyboard, Remote Control, etc 

Technology Education > Information Technology > Basic Operations and Concepts > Input Devices: Mouse, Keyboard, Remote Control, etc 

Keyboarding

Language Arts > Computer Literacy Skills > Personal Use > Keyboarding

Keyboarding 

Technology Education > Information Technology > Basic Operations and Concepts > Keyboarding 

Knowledge of Words Being Composed of Letters

Language Arts > Reading > Concepts of Print > Distinguish Letters from Words > Knowledge of Words Being Composed of Letters

Letter Sound Association

Language Arts > Reading > Phonics / Decoding > Letter Sound Association

Listening / Pay Attention

Language Arts > Communication > Media Literacy / Viewing > Comprehension > Listening / Pay Attention

Sounding Out

Language Arts > Reading > Phonemic Awareness > Blending Sounds > Sounding Out

Student Evaluation and Selection of Tools / Software for Task 

Technology Education > Information Technology > Student Use > Student Evaluation and Selection of Tools / Software for Task 

Use Technology when Writing

Language Arts > Computer Literacy Skills > Writing > Use Technology when Writing
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  • Due to the small size of students' hands, this lesson does not teach proper keyboarding finger placement. A later unit, entitled Keyboarding, addresses proper touch keyboarding skills.

  • In many programs, Tabs are set at every ½-inch mark. You might want to describe the ½-inch default setting if students ask how much space is inserted when the Tab key is pressed.

  • To help students gain additional understanding of the arrow keys, draw the arrow keys on the board. Then, have some volunteer students stand at the back of the room. The rest of the class can then work together to determine which arrow keys to 'press' to make the students at the back of the room move to another spot in the room, such as to the door, chalkboard, coat hooks, and so forth. Point to the buttons drawn on the board as the students are instructed to move. Students can take one step in the direction of an arrow key each time the key is "pressed." Consider having students use the terms Up, Down, Left, and Right throughout the exercise.
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